H-D Street Glide or Tiger 800xc

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Hammy713, May 4, 2013.

  1. Hammy713

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    I'm aware where I'm posting this but I need to make a decision. These bikes couldn't be much farther apart except they both have two wheels.

    I need to get something my wife will be comfortable on 2up. I also plan on taking my 7 year old son with me a lot but most of the time I will be solo.

    If anyone has had both but could only have one bike for now, which would you get? How is the 800xc at 2up for the passenger.

    I'm about 175 lbs and my wife about 135 so we're not huge. I do live on a dirt road with a long dirt driveway and the Tiger would love it I'm sure. I guess my biggest hang up is the comfort and selling the Tiger as "the one" to my wife. She is kind of set on the Street Glide and it's plushness on the road. I like the freedom of the Tiger and would be all over the dual sport aspect of it.

    Any thoughts? Oh yeah, and the Tiger is almost half the price.
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  2. hdxbones

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    My wife loves my Road Glide, she's not too interested in the Uly. When I ride by myself, I usually prefer the Uly. Tough choice, but if I could only have one, it would be the big Harley-

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  3. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    You are absolutely right; You'd couldn't be further apart. It's like asking, "Which one?...Ford F-350 or a Prius?" :D

    Despite the fact that the StreetGlide doesn't have the suspension travel of an ElectraGlide, I would still think that it's got the 800 beat, in terms of plushness. It (SG) definitely has the 800 beat in terms of creature comforts: stereo, cruise(?), easily upgradeable windshield and seat, etc.

    If your wife has already tried the SG on for size, and liked it, I would think that a ride on an 800 is only gonna' solidify her position.

    As long as your driveway and road are not part of the District 37 Hare & Hound series, the StreetGlide should be fine.

    It kinda' sounds to me like you want the 800, and your wife wants you to get the SG. So, at this point it's just a matter of whether you want her to ride with you or not.


    Just remember; When mama's happy, everyone's happy... :deal


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  4. timspong

    timspong Been here awhile

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    I would go with the HD. Lots of fun to ride around the speed limit and will last forever. Unless you have a dealer near you the triumph might be a bit of a pain of something goes wrong.

    Why a street glide? Out of the baggers that would be last on my list. Least ground clearance of all of them. Personally I like the road king. You can add a quick release tour pack and fairing for touring and take them off for around town.
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  5. JustKip

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    That's what I was thinking too, but also, you need to be realistic about how much she will actually ride with you.

    SG would be the last of the touring line I would be interested in too. You get much better suspension with a Road Glide or Electra glide, or the RK but you don't get the same touring comfort as the other 2.
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  6. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    Sorry can't speak to the Tiger 800 but I had an '06 Street Glide when I "discovered" adventure riding and wanted something more off-pavement worthy but knew 90% of my riding would be on pavement. Ended up with a Tiger 1050 and loved the engine but if not hustling down the road at a quick pace or ripping through the twisties it was just, well boring.

    When I bought the Tiger a buddy and I had a cross country trip planned and after a few weeks of ownership I was really thinking I would sell the Street Glide upon return. Afterall, it's a big fat heavy slow, poor handling, poor braking bike or so that seemed to be the vibe from the inmates here. So three days into the trip I was wishing I was back on the big HD. Sold the Tiger within a month after returning home.

    I like the idea of the 800 but I realized that if I really wanted to do off-pavement riding I needed something even smaller and lighter than the 800 so I picked up a used DR650 and love it for what it is.

    I traded the Street Glide on a '12 Road Glide Custom. There is absolutely no difference in the suspensions between the various HD touring bikes other than the Street Glide and Road Glide Custom come with 12" rear shocks whereas the others have 13"...front suspensions are all the same. I prefer the minimalist look of the Street Glide and Road Glide Custom with less chrome and accent pieces but swapped for a set of the longer 13" shocks. You can pick up a set of the 13" takeoffs brand new for $100 and get the same ride height as the other baggers. I picked up a detachable tour pack for the SG and only needed a newer mount to use it on the RGC as the frames changed in '09.

    So now I have the '12 RGC, an '09 DR650 and an '09 XR1200 and if could have only one bike, it would be the Road Glide no question.

    Both the Tiger 800 and Street Glide are great bikes and you wouldn't go wrong with either. Just have to decide which one better addresses first your needs, and second your wants.
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  7. T

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    Better keep momma happy.

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  8. Big Jon

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    The only way to do that is to actually convince her that you can't afford the Harley... :evil
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  9. scapegoat

    scapegoat Pushin forward back

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    Were twins bike wise...sort of. I have a Uly and Electra Glide. The Glide for two up with the misses, solo its the Uly 90% of the time.
    To the OP,that's a tough Choice to make with 2 totally different bikes made for 2 different uses. Id say be honest with yourself and ask where the miles will be racked up, on the highway with 2 or solo and in the dirt often.
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  10. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    One's a fully loaded Cadillac, the other is a fully loaded Frontier...

    Both will do what you're asking but the Frontier can go places the Caddy can't
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  11. Tennessee Goat

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    Just traded my 11 Electra glide for a 13 800xc. HDs touring bikes are fine machines for what they are, big heavy bikes. I like the way the HD handles the road in high winds and it was super comfy even 2 up but that's all the good I have to say about it. The trump is quick nimble and can get more places and I'm not inclined to wash it every time it gets a speck of dirt on it. It wheelies nicely too.
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  12. 2tallnwide

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    That's about the strangest which one duo I've seen here, congrats..:D

    If the better half doesn't like the 800, and you've got the coin for a SG why not try the Explorer, or one of the other big adventure touring bikes? The Explorer has shaft drive, traction control, cruise control, etc. It's not as dirt worthy as the 800, but it should be a lot better on a dirt road than a SG. Besides, the adventure bikes look even better dirty, you'd polish yourself crazy trying to keep the pig clean... :lol3

    We don't live off of a dirt road, but we do have 3/10ths of a mile gravel driveway, and the paved roads I mainly ride are far from cruiser friendly. I'm just glad neither one of my wives like(d) the back of a HD, Lord knows I can't stand the rider's seat on any of them. :deal
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  13. HelmetHead Cycle

    HelmetHead Cycle Been here awhile

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    Interesting. I am somewhat confused. If you made the decision NOT to keep the Tiger, why are you still reading this thread? Second guessing perhaps?
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  14. HelmetHead Cycle

    HelmetHead Cycle Been here awhile

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    Interesting. I am somewhat confused. If you made the decision NOT to keep the Tiger, why are you still reading this thread? Second guessing perhaps?
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  15. Celtic Curmudgeon

    Celtic Curmudgeon Indiana Jones wanabe

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    Having ridden both bikes, here's my .02.

    The best solution (if you can get away with it), is to have two bikes - one for two up riding, one for hooliganism.... Having been on both a Street Glide and Road King, my wife just doesn't want to ride pillion on anything short of an 800lb cruiser or tourer. For paved roads, few bikes ride more comfortably than a big Harley.

    I love the 800XC, but it's even less a good 2-up bike than my Caponord (which she doesn't like, either).

    My plan is to get either a Rocket III, RoadKing, or Vulcan 2000 for two-up, and keep the Capo for knocking around by myself. I might eventually trade it for a Supermoto, maybe a DRZ or Dorsoduro....
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  16. 2tallnwide

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    Been there and done that with two, and three bikes from time to time. But when you are 700 miles out on the pig, away from the fun bike, the fun bikes are useless. :deal

    In '05 when I bought the GS I already had a 2up cruiser, and a KLR650. After the first 4000 mile 2up trip on the GS I sold the cruiser, and gave the KLR to our SIL. The GS was more comfortable, and fun than the cruiser, and it went everywhere I took the KLR just as well, if not better. Of course the KLR is no dirt bike either mind you...:lol3 I still liked both of the bikes, but I loved the GS.

    I've ridden, and rented the biggest bikes Harley makes, but they are cramped, uncomfortable, and boring as heck to me. Obviously, YMMV...:D
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  17. PWRCRZR

    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    Agreed while MBS is strong in all of us owning multiple bikes is often a pain and you often find yourself on the wrong one. I traded my V strom 1000 and sold my KLR 650 to get a Super Tenere...much better now:D

    To the OP's question, I ride 2 up a lot and i was looking at a Tiger XC..I just couldn't see my wife and myself riding 2 up long distances with luggage on it. I ended up getting a left over Tenere for not much more than the 800. I did ride the Triumph super explorer as well, nice bike, I just found the Tenere to be a better deal for me and better off road.

    As for HD's I have never had one and probably never will, but as many have said it is a different bike for sure. I did have a Yamaha Warrior which was a great 2 up bike for 300 mile days with my wife but there was little luggage space and no wind protection.
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